Postal

Postal Shippers Beware: USPS Implements New Dimensional Pricing in June
May 23, 2019 at 12:40 pm

The United States Postal Service is changing the way it charges for boxes shipped via Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express and other parcel shipping services. Currently, the Postal Service applies a dimensional divisor (DIM) of 194 for boxes that exceed one cubic foot in volume, and only for zones five and above. Effective June 23,…

Amazon to Make One-Day Shipping the Standard Prime Offering
April 26, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Amazon.com announced Thursday that it plans to invest $800 million in the second quarter of 2019 toward making one-day shipping the standard offering of its Prime loyalty program. Chief Financial Officer Brian Olsavsky said Amazon is “currently working on evolving our Prime shipping program, which has historically been a two-day program, to a one-day shipping program,”…

UPS Announces General Rate Increase: Next Steps for Retailers
December 11, 2018 at 11:58 am

Tis the season. Bah humbug … After FedEx and the USPS delivered their version of coal in our stocking, UPS doubled down with its just released 2019 general rate increase (GRI). The GRI goes into effect on Dec. 26, 2018, leaving customers with less than three weeks notice during the busiest retail season to analyze,…

Managing Through Record 2019 USPS Rate Increases
November 13, 2018 at 10:33 am

Recently, the USPS proposed a record price increase. The proposed hike must first be approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission. If approved, which is expected, the higher rates will go into effect on Jan. 27, 2019. This will be the biggest rate increase in USPS history. Here are some of the significant proposed 2019 USPS…

U.S. Postal Service Proposes Significant Parcel Rate Hike
October 12, 2018 at 11:37 am

The U.S. Postal Service has proposed a 9 percent to 12 percent increase in fees for its parcel select service, which is used by Amazon.com and many other retailers, as well as United Parcel Service and FedEx. The service is the last and typically most expensive step in the shipping process that gets packages to customers’ doorsteps. The…

NRF Forms a Package Coalition, and Shipping Tips for Retailers
August 10, 2018 at 10:27 am

In this episode of Retail Right Now, Total Retail's Caitlin Sullivan and Joe Keenan discuss the National Retail Federation's (NRF) new Package Coalition, a lobbying group in support of the U.S. Postal Service. The coalition is being led by Amazon.com and other retail businesses, including QVC and Columbia Sportswear. In addition to analyzing the merits…

Amazon to Help Individuals Build Their Own Delivery Companies
June 28, 2018 at 12:57 pm

Amazon.com announced today the launch of a new offering designed to help individuals build their own companies that deliver Amazon packages. With the offering, Amazon will provide an active role in helping interested entrepreneurs start, set up and manage their own delivery businesses, even with little or no logistics experience. Amazon will offer the  couriers — who…

Undeliverable Parcels And The High Cost Of Merchandise Returns
August 21, 2017 at 11:43 am

The United States Postal Service is changing the way it charges for boxes shipped via Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express and other parcel shipping services. Currently, the Postal Service applies a dimensional divisor (DIM) of 194 for boxes that exceed one cubic foot in volume, and only for zones five and above. Effective June 23, […]

USPS to Halt Retail Sales at Staples
January 6, 2017 at 11:08 am

When the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and Staples announced a retail partnership in 2013, USPS said "it’s time to celebrate.” But now, that program has been shut down and it's postal labor leaders who are rejoicing. They're cheering the demise of a program that had been the target of a vigorous campaign by postal unions that…